Foxtel leader Brian Walshe has passed away, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most influential figures in the Australian TV industry.
The news of his passing has sent shockwaves throughout the industry and among fans of Australian television.
Walshe began his career in TV in the early 1980s, working as a producer for the Seven Network.
He later moved to the Nine Network, where he worked on a number of successful programs, including “The Midday Show” and “Today.”
In 1995, he joined Foxtel, where he served as executive director of television until his retirement in 2018.
During his time at Foxtel, Walshe oversaw the launch of a number of groundbreaking programs, including “The Simpsons,” “Sex and the City,” and “Game of Thrones.”
He was also instrumental in the development of Foxtel’s sports channels, which have become some of the most popular channels in Australia.
Walshe’s contribution to the Australian TV industry was recognized with a number of awards, including the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award for outstanding contribution to the industry in 2018.
News of Walshe’s passing has been met with an outpouring of tributes from colleagues and fans. Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany said in a statement, “Brian was a giant of the Australian television industry and a true pioneer.
He was instrumental in shaping the way Australians watch TV today, and his legacy will live on for years to come.”
Walshe is survived by his wife and two children.
His impact on the Australian TV industry will be felt for generations to come, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.